California youth prisons chief departs, cites health reasons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of California's juvenile prison system is leaving just as the state shifts to a greater focus on rehabilitation.
California Assembly OKs medical cannabis on K-12 campuses
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California schools may soon allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their children on K-12 campuses.
The California Assembly approved a bill Monday that...
Lawsuit challenges California law requiring women on boards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A conservative activist group is challenging California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors.
Bid to block California ballot measure costs taxpayers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Backers of a pending criminal justice initiative say California taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $60,000 in legal fees after a judge rejected former Gov. Jerry...
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The San Diego Union-Tribune on council for criminal justice reform:
The U.S. criminal justice system locks up proportionately more people for longer periods than just about any...
DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas Cowboys player previously convicted in a drunken driving crash that killed a teammate is now wanted for violating his probation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of the California Lottery is leaving his job.
The Sacramento Bee reports Hugo Lopez told employees Friday he was stepping down immediately. The move comes...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The head of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that he will retire after almost five years on a job dominated by oversight of devastating...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are trying again to ban smoking at state parks and coastal beaches.
The state Senate voted 28-10 on Thursday to ban cigarettes, cigars, pipes...
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Mercury News & East Bay Times on the need for California to invest more in state parks:
California needs a vision for its state parks that provides the next generation of...
Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4...
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Los Angeles Times on restoring slashed Medi-Cal benefits:
When the last recession plunged the state government into a multibillion-dollar hole, California lawmakers were forced...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom scrapped a $16 billion plan Thursday to build two giant water tunnels to reroute the state's water system and instead directed state agencies...
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California cities and farms can expect ample water supplies this summer after winter storms blanketed the Sierra Nevada, nearly doubling the snowpack average for...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has kept up a frenetic pace in his first 100 days, jousting with President Donald Trump, traveling to Central America, placing a moratorium...
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state's best tools toward preventing wildfires can't be widely...
The Latest: Winter storms swell California snowpack
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California officials using a spillway at the nation's tallest dam for the first time in two years and surveying mountain snowpack (all times...
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Monday backed her first initiative since her husband became governor in January, a drive to promote equal pay for women.
California chief justice says judiciary is more diverse
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief justice on Tuesday praised the racial and gender diversity of judges appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown and highlighted women in leadership roles in...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions (all times local):
Gov. Gavin Newsom is not only putting a moratorium on...
California’s Supreme Court upholds pension rollback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to roll back one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a closely watched ruling by the California Supreme Court on a pension benefit for public workers (all times local):
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's lieutenant governor has a new role promoting the state as an international trading partner.
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis will head a committee tasked with...
California man cleared after 40 years in prison gets $21M
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her...
Governor orders more DNA testing in 1983 California killings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has...
AP FACT CHECK: Newsom wrong on illegal border crossings
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump's positions on illegal immigration, declaring, "This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater."
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California governor names new leaders on water, education
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom named new leaders Tuesday to top posts in water, transportation and education policy, his latest moves to set the state government on a fresh path during his first months in office.
California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he's withdrawing most of the state's National Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won't participate in the Trump...
The Latest: Governor to keep some troops at Mexico border
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's withdrawal of National Guard troops from the border (all times local):
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he had wanted to withdraw all of the state's National Guard troops from the Mexico border but will keep some in place after consulting with guard officials.
Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Wednesday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison.
After a hearing at the women's prison in Corona, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the third time that the 69-year-old Van Houten was suitable for release.
Latest: Parole recommended for Manson follower Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the parole request by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten (all times local):
A California parole panel has recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be granted parole after serving more than four decades in prison.
State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says the panel on Wednesday found that the 69-year-old prisoner is suitable for parole.
California seeks faster forestry approvals in wildfire fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years.
The Latest: ‘Surf City USA’ disputes state housing lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the state's housing lawsuit (all times local):
The Southern California coastal city of Huntington Beach says it is complying with state housing laws, rejecting a lawsuit by Gov. Gavin Newsom's new administration.
Newsom used a new law for the first time Friday in an attempt to force the city to meet housing goals.
Governor reverses parole for San Diego police killer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has reversed a decision to grant parole to a man who gunned down a San Diego police officer forty years ago.
It's the fourth time that 57-year-old Jesus Cecena was denied release from prison after it was granted by a parole board.
Cecena was a 17-year-old gang member when Officer Archie Buggs stopped a car he was driving in 1978.
Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.
Last September, Brown, a Democrat who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation putting his state on the path toward all clean energy electricity sources by the same date.
California voters must approve law to end bail before trial
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday.
A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement. The law would replace bail with a risk-assessment system — although it's still unclear how the system will work.
California governor brings personal touch, fresh focus
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom held his toddler son during his inaugural address, spent nearly two hours discussing his state budget with reporters and engaged in two Twitter spats with the president.
Newsom, 51, took office Monday and quickly dove into governing the nation's most populous state, but with a different focus and touch than his 80-year-old predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown.
In rare move, California court denies 10 clemency requests
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court denied 10 clemency requests by former Gov. Jerry Brown, the first time it has exercised that power in more than half a century.
Newsom’s first California budget aims to balance promises
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has made two big promises that are seemingly at odds: Advancing bold and expensive new initiatives while maintaining the robust savings that California will desperately need in the next recession.
When he releases his first comprehensive budget proposal, which is due by Thursday under state law, he gets his chance to show how he'll resolve that tension. He's already previewed more than $2.5 billion in new spending proposals.
From Brown to Newsom, California to see new style, substance
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Gov. Jerry Brown cedes power to Gavin Newsom, it will be the first time since 1887 that California has had consecutive Democratic governors. But California isn't getting a carbon copy in substance or style.
‘Ear Hustle’ host is freed, but prison podcast will go on
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter "Earlonne" Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting.
California governor leaving with climate warning
California man gets word of pardon after fire destroys home
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An unexpected phone call brought a bright spot to a dark moment in Jason James Burnett's life, offering a small measure of relief from the sadness of losing his California home to the nation's worst wildfire in a century.
It was the governor's office. His criminal record had finally been wiped clean.
Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined Gov. Jerry Brown on a visit to the leveled town of Paradise, telling reporters it was the worst fire devastation he had ever seen.
The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll raises to 48 in wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
Authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.
The announcement came Tuesday after authorities ramped up the search for more victims buried in rubble left by the blaze that incinerated the town of Paradise.
California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now.
Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire carved its way along ridges in Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles.
Governor declares state of emergency for California wildfire
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as a wildfire that forced 20,000 people from their homes continues to rage south of Los Angeles.
Brown issued the declaration Thursday for Orange and Riverside counties because of a fire in the Cleveland National Forest that's threatening thousands of homes.